Benita McDowell

  • Durham NC

Lead Line Cook

Objective

     A reliable trustworthy and flexible cook who has the relevant culinary experience and qualifications that you are looking for. I have a comprehensive understanding of food manufacturing industry, and of what drives the fisticated contemporary dining. Having extensive cooking knowledge and more than able to abide by all legal requirements, food hygiene regulations and food safety laws. As a 'can-do' person I will be able to hit the ground running and am very confident that I will be able to exceed any employers and customers expectations. Right now I am looking for a suitable position with a company that rewards hard work and offers the opportunity of a progressive career

Work History

Work History
Mar 2008 - 2015

Lead Line Cook

IHOP

Working on several orders at once         Keeping up with the latest culinary trained and techniques of each station Making sure each station is properly stocked with food and equipment           Creating food of the highest quality and to the standard of the company's recipes                                                         Fulfilling complex orders and requests   Coordinating with other stations on prioritizing                                                   Constantly keeping the station clean and sanitized                                               Prepping station and food for anticipated needs                                      Managing and training new employees Double check in place to eliminate problems and/or complaints                   Assumes  100% responsibility for quality of output from station                   Turn out food from each station consistently and effectively                     Follows proper plate presentation procedures                                                 Reports and tracks food waste and equipment issues                                     Stores, rotate and handles products associated with station                       Preps portions according to portion control standarunderstands and follows approved recipes   Understands and follows approved recipes                      Controls the stress in situations and provided team player attitude

   

Jan 2012 - Dec 2014

Assistant Manager, Food Service Manager

Lilly's Pizza

Oversee the day-to-day operations at restaurant                                       Monitoring service food preparation and bevplan for and purchase food for food service program                               Plan for and purchase food for food service program                                     Ensure food in storage needs an adequate level of nutrition and sustenance                                         Maintain required records including food production, inventory, income/expense,employee meal count and personnel records                           Ensure all employees follow proper sanitation procedures                               Preside over food service employee, including cooks, food preparers, cashiers, and other employees               Ensure safety standards are maintained while food is being cooked Respond to customer preferences and complaints                                                   Set prices for each product on menu     Purchase and maintain equipment including refrigerators stove microwave  Ensure dining experience is satisfactory                                                 Hire, recruit, and train employees           Direct the cleaning of the dining area and the kitchen including the utensils   Maintain employee records, prepare payroll, and complete paperwork to comply with laws and regulations         Keep records of supplies and purchases 

 

Jan 2012 - Aug 2012

Cooking Machine Operator

K&W Cafeteria

Cooking with industrial sized equipment                                                   Following strict dietary recipe   Preparing  daily food items and cooking simple foods and beverages such as sandwiches ,salads, soups, pizza, or coffee using proper safety precaution and sanitary measures Working on several orders at once         Keeping up with the latest culinary trained and techniques of each station Making sure each station is properly stocked with food and equipment           Creating food of the highest quality and to the standard of the company's recipes                                                         Fulfilling complex orders and requests   Coordinating with other stations on prioritizing                                                   Constantly keeping the station clean and sanitized                                               Prepping station and food for anticipated needs                                      Managing and training new employees Double check in place to eliminate problems and/or complaints                   Assumes  100% responsibility for quality of output from station                   Turn out food from each station consistently and effectively                     Follows proper plate presentation procedures                                                 Reports and tracks food waste and equipment issues                                     Stores, rotate and handles products associated with station                       Preps portions according to portion control standarunderstands and follows approved recipes   Understands and follows approved recipes                     Controls the stress in situations and provided team player attitude

   

Qualifications

A highly motivated and capable professional cook with a real passion for preparing popular, healthy, and nutritious meals. Having a 'hands on' approach to all areas of the kitchen and possessing excellent organizational skills and administrative skills. A quick learner who can effortlessly fit into an existing established environment, and also encourage junior staff to achieve their best when preparing meals.

Education

Education
Dec 2014 - Mar 2015

Phlebotomy Certification

Triple A Phlebotomy
Aug 1996 - May 2000

High School Diploma

Durham School of Arts

Home Economics

Basic Food Hygiene Certification. Food Preparation Certification in Basic Food Hygiene.

Skills

Skills

Full knowledge of the Sanitary Regulations contained in the Health & Safety at Work Act.

Experience of high volume catering in a busy work place

Detailed knowledge of seasoning in recipes

Excellent knife skills

fully conversant with various cooking methods like boiling, baking, roasting and steaming

References

Upon Request